MN Broadband loses an amazing champion in Alex Weego

I am sad to share the news of the passing of Alex Weego. Alex has been a broadband champion for Todd County for more than 20 years. Alex was a stalwart and cheerful face in the crowd at annual broadband meetings, regional events and often hosting meetings in his community. Mary Magnuson and I wanted to share our thoughts. We were both always delighted to see his name on a registration list. We knew it would be a friendly meeting. Alex had interesting stories about broadband and more.

Alex was never afraid to ask the good question. Because broadband is a layered topic, it sometimes took me a minute to see where his questions were heading but they were heading somewhere practical. He understood broadband, or lack thereof, from the frontlines and his questions helped me better understand the policy implications. I will miss his questions and smile.

From Mary:
I remember Alex from the Get Broadband days, our very first broadband grant program. He was always kind, thoughtful, and conscientious. He recognized that broadband (among other things) was important to the future of his community and region, and he stuck with it. In fact, he was instrumental in establishing a Todd County team that participated in our last Accelerate! cohort just last year. He will be missed.

 

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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